“Opioid addiction is receiving ever-greater media attention. But not enough attention is given to the growing need for recovery support programs as overdose fatalities drastically increase. Working closely with Dr. Andrew Kolodny and PROP (Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing), Do No Harm exposes how this catastrophic man-made public health crisis began. We visit more than a dozen locations across the country, focusing on the “ground zero” states of Kentucky and New Hampshire. Do No Harm provides hope that, collectively, we can diminish—and eventually eradicate—this devastating public health crisis.”

OUR TEAM

  • Director: Harry Wiland
  • Writer/Editor: Beverly Baroff
  • Executive Producers: Harry Wiland & Dale Bell
  • Producers: Beverly Baroff & Margie Friedman
  • Cinematography: Jonathan Bell & Dale Bell
  • Associate Producers: Waleska Santiago & Martin Thiel

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Endorsements

“I believe that in terms of the blame for our opioid addiction epidemic, Purdue Pharma’s pursuit of financial profit showed they didn’t care about an epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths that they were fueling. The fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) failed to properly regulate the claims that Purdue was making. The failure of the medical establishment and the fact that it took money from opioid makers and promoted aggressive use. The fact that State Medical Boards failed to regulate the way doctors were prescribing. There’s a lot of blame to go around.”

Andrew Kolodny The Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

“The opioid epidemic is the culmination of misaligned incentives and poor regulatory oversight of prescribers, a cash cow for pharma, and an incredibly alluring drug for patients. Despite immense effort to gain control of the damaging and deadly crisis, we have made only marginal gains. The persistent yet changing landscape of the epidemic is testament to the profound effects that an opioid has on its users, whether through its exacerbation of pain, the search for the next best high, or the craving caused by addiction. Do No Harm presents this disturbing but important story.”

Lewis S. Nelson, MD Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

“Do No Harm does an excellent job of defining the causes and conditions resulting in one-quarter of a million deaths due to use of opioids – the main takeaway is that opioids are NOT the proper solution for the treatment of chronic pain.”

Mel Pohl, MD DFASAM Chief Medical Officer, Las Vegas Recovery Center

“Do No Harm unflinchingly exposes the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the creation of the current opioid epidemic, while also compassionately probing the suffering of its victims … who include not only those who have died or become addicted to opioids, but their grieving parents and orphaned children left behind.”

Anna Lembke Assoc Prof-Med Ctr Line, Stanford University

“Every clinician who prescribes opioids for chronic pain needs to watch this program. Until we are honest about the harm that has been done, and the role of well-intentioned physicians in fueling the devastating epidemics of prescription drug addiction and overdose, we cannot begin to turn this problem around.”

Michael Von Korff Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Seattle WA

“The irony is drugs that can take away anguish always seem to create anguish as payback.”

Christopher J Evans Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Hatos Center for Neuropharmacology

“Opioid drugs are great until they aren’t. They aren’t when they stop giving pleasure and pain relief, and start destroying natural pleasure and pain relief. Education is the strongest tool for prevention and Do No Harm is the best (or strongest) film I have seen in battling this epidemic.”

Jane C. Ballantyne Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington

“Doctors, drug companies, and politicians must accept responsibility for their part in creating the cruel opioid epidemic, but alone they will fail to reverse its scourge. Community and family efforts, education and persistence, are inescapable treatment modalities. Do No Harm shows us the terrible pain, and who’s to blame, but also gives us hope with recovery strategies, not just for individuals, but for the nation.”

Richard J. Jackson Professor of Environmental Health, UCLA School of Public Health

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